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Canadian pot smokers can face lifetime ban from U.S.

Canadian pot sector workers could face big troubles at the U.S. borders says analyst Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News
Ginger Lawrence | 16 September, 2018, 13:22

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that marijuana will be legal across the country starting October 17.

"Facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S.", Owen continued.

Travelers who receive lifetime bans are eligible to apply for a waiver, although it can take months to process and costs $585 to apply.

"We don't recognise that as a legal business", Mr Owen said.

If someone attempting to cross the border into the US admits to past use of illegal drugs, he or she would be deemed inadmissible to enter.

As Canada prepares for the legalization of marijuana nation-wide, people who invest in the booming pot sector could risk a life-time at the border, according to a senior official who oversees the United States border operations.

He added that rather than lie at the border it is better to not respond to the questions.

CBP has not specified a minimum investment threshold in marijuana businesses that would trigger the lifetime ban. Until his comments, the BI Canada Cannabis Competitive Peers index had gained almost 50 percent since the Canopy-Constellation deal was announced. The advice of Goodale and Trudeau is to be honest at the border - and to make sure you're not carrying.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday Canada is working with US officials try to make sure travel between the two countries is not disrupted.

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"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Goodale spokesman Scott Bardsley said by email.

"The United States may change their opinion on cannabis in the future, but they will never change their position on lying to border officials".

The government is also ramping up advertising reminding Canadians of their obligations to obey the laws of both countries.

Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S.at Blaine, Wash. The figure was $27.2 billion in 2014, when the country's currency was close to par with the greenback.

Immigration lawyers have said they have heard similar stories from clients in the industry.

It could create problems for workers or executives if border officials ask them straightforward questions about their occupations.

"We don't recognize that as a legal business", said Todd Owen of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

"I think it's incredibly unsafe for someone to [lie], especially if they are somebody who works in the industry and their affiliation with the industry is readily available online", said Enenajor.

"You're not just going to see these northern Washington cases, you're going to see them Canada-wide from east to west coast", he said.